Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Tricks To Stay Cool This Summer

So today Britain hit its hottest July day on record and it has been bloomin' hot! I love summer and nice weather but I'm a bit of a wimp when its hot in England as I don't have a pool to jump in to cool down. 

Drink ice water - When its hot, it's obvious that you should drink a lot of water. Putting a bottle full of water and putting it into the freezer for a bit is something everyone used to do in school and why not do it in the summer. It will keep you hydrated and ice will definitely cool you down. 

Have a cold shower - So I had 3 cold showers today but how much better do you feel after one?! So much better!

Cool down your feet - Cooling down your feet will cool down your whole body. Dipping your tootsies in some ice is sure to make you feel better in the hot weather.  

Make a DIY air conditioner - Position a shallow pan or bowl full of ice in front of a fan. The breeze will pick up cold water from the ices surface as it melts, creating a cooling mist.

Cold compresses on pulse points - This will make you so much cooler and feels very refreshing.

Shut your curtains - In the daytime, sunlight coming in will heat up the room so shutting the curtains will help keep your room cooler.

Hang out a wet towel - The breeze blowing in will quickly bring down the rooms temperature.

Hope these and tricks help you out in this hot weather (if it even lasts)!


Sunday, 28 June 2015

LIFESTYLE: This Week #1

I love reading lifestyle posts, particularly 'this week' posts as I'm nosy and like to see what people have been up to. I'm going to do a series of these when my weeks are more interesting.

This week, I started watching Orange is the new black, which I am currently obsessed with. Not going to lie, I don't think that anything will beat Prison Break but OITNB is set in a similar situation (a prison) and I just love it! I'm already on season 2!

I went into Leeds shopping (see my latest post - a haul & try on) and bought lots of holiday clothes and stopped for lunch in Trinity Kitchen. There are so many types of food in there and the Vietnamese place looked incredible so we headed over. The food was amazing and I had a detox smoothie which included Kale but tasted amazing.

The next two pictures are taken from when I went to see Taylor Swift in Manchester. She was amazing and I am completely obsessed with her. I've been a fan since 2008 and still haven't met her though. She puts on an amazing show and yes, I dressed like I was from the Shake it off music video... and I'm 20 years old... no judging people. 

Nandos. That's all. It's so nice. Possibly one of my favourite food places ever. Their new menu includes quinoa salad which was tempting but I had to go for the wrap as its my favourite. The sweet potato wedges are gorgeous and I figured they were a lot healthier than their chips.

Lastly a photo from when I was back at university. I love this photo so I instagrammed it... I can't wait to be back at uni for freshers but excited for my summer firstly!


Thursday, 25 June 2015

HAUL & Try On: Topshop, Zara, Primark, New Look...

I've been doing a bit of shopping recently, mostly for my upcoming holidays, so I thought I would share them with you. I am SO excited and cannot wait to be discovering Madrid and chilling on the beach in Greece with a cocktail (or twenty). I took a trip into Leeds and visited Topshop, Zara, Primark, New Look, H&M and ended up buying something from every shop I went in...oops. 

Primark and H&M.
Primark: Black Belt // Bikini Top // White Denim Shorts // Sunglasses
H&M: White Plimsolls

Zara and Unique Avenue
Zara: Bag // Unique Avenue: Bikini

New Look
White Jeans // Brown Suede Top
Holiday Sliders // High Waisted Bikini Bottoms
I tried some of the pieces on together to do a mini lookbook.

I've been brave putting bikini pics on here as I'm not tanned yet as summer hasn't really arrived and I definitely haven't got the summer body I'm hoping to achieve before my holidays! But hope you enjoyed this haul and I'll see you on Sunday with my next post!


Sunday, 21 June 2015

LIFESTYLE: Tips for booking a city break

Do your research on destinations - All cities are different and some may be more suited to what you want to do than others. Researching things to do in cities will give you an insight into what city is best to visit so that you make the most of your trip. Doing this will also help you decide what you want to do there and what you want to avoid. For example, Amsterdam has two sides to it; my trip consisted of canals, cycling and good but for others it may be moreabout partying, sex and drugs. That wasn't for me so my online research enabled me to see which areas to avoid staying in.

Have an itinerary - Making the most of your time is essential especially as city breaks can only be a few days long, particularly if you're on a budget. Planning an itinerary before you go is good so that you don't waste time wondering around aimlessly (unless thats what you like to do, of course).

Book the excursions before you go - Booking excursions and days out before you go can not only save you money, but also time. If you are thinking of going to a museum, go on their website and see if you can pre book a slot. When I visited the Anne frank museum in Amsterdam, we hadn't booked and ended up queuing for 2 hours beforehand which obviously wasted time and was a bit annoying.

Look at hotel reviews on Tripadvisor - This is an obvious one and is something that I do before booking any holiday or city break. I like to read reviews that are recent to see what the hotel is currently like, but also the ones that were written at the same time as I am going to be visiting to get hints and tips. For example, the hotel I am visiting in Madrid said that the rooftop pool is only open in certain months and can get busy in particular months so this was helpful. 

Go on price comparison websites - To get the cheapest deal, I would recommend visiting websites such as Expedia but don't let that be the be all and end all. My trip to Madrid was going to be around £300 flying with Ryan Air and staying in a hotel without breakfast and this was the cheapest deal available. However we later found the same hotel with British Airways for the same price but with continental breakfast and a better room AND flying with BA. Of course this deal was more ideal but it wasn't shown on Expedia so be aware that these websites don't include everything that is out there. 

See if booking flights and hotel separately will save you money - Booking both flights and hotels on different websites might be cheaper. Booking a flight through the actual airline may be cheaper as they will directly receive your money as opposed to booking through agencies where you may pay a premium. This may be the same with booking hotels through the actual hotel website. This may not always be true though so make sure you shop around!

So there were my tips for booking a city break and these tips mostly apply to booking a holiday too! I am by no means an expert but have booked quite a few trips, breaks and holidays now and feel I am a bit of a sucker for the best deals. I hope you found these tips useful and the most important tip is HAVE FUN AND EXPLORE. I am so excited to travel the world!

Where should I visit? Let me know your favourite destinations!


Thursday, 18 June 2015

BEAUTY: THAT Kylie Jenner MAC Liner

So today comes a post that is about a million years too late but the topic of Kylie Jenners amazing make-up and in particular, her lips, has been the talk of the internet for months now. Even though it has been discovered that she has indeed had lip fillers, there is no denying that the lip colours she wears are stunning as is her makeup in general. It was said that she uses a MAC liner most of the time in colours such as Soar and Spice. Soar is available in the UK so I knew I had to pick it up. And the hype is for a good reason ladies.....

It is a beautiful matte pink liner with a beige tone to it. It glides on nicely and stays on for hours if you're not eating or drinking. It is said that Kylie uses 'Whirl' lipstick over it but I like this on its own really. For £12.50 it is quite a pricey lip liner but in my opinion, definitely worth it as you can tell it is good quality and there is a lot of product there. So if you are still late on the bandwagon, I say you should give it a go! 
What lipsticks go well with this?


Sunday, 14 June 2015

BEAUTY: My Favourite Lip Products For Summer

Summer is finally here in England and I am so excited! Not only for my exciting plans and trips but to experiment with summer make up looks: I'm talking glowy skin and glossy lips. I have put together a few of my favourite lip looks for summer and these range from lipsticks, glosses and balms. Hope it inspires you to pick up one of these fab products...

Laura Mercier Lipgloss in 'Bonbon' ; Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 75 Parfait ; MAC Coral Bliss ; MAC Snob ; MAC Hue ; Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 04 Peach Club ; Maybelline Baby lips in Cherry

Laura Mercier Lipgloss in 'Bonbon' ; Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in 75 Parfait ; MAC Hue ; Maybelline Baby lips in cherry, MAC Snob ; Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 04 Peach Club ; MAC Coral Bliss  
The Laura Mercier gloss is a gorgeous shimmery light pink with a peachy-coral undertone which is perfect for a casual day or even for a night out with a heavy eye look. This is a mini size which is great for carrying around in your bag and is particularly for travel. Laura Mercier lip glosses are quite pricey but definitely worth it as the formula is not sticky and they glide on perfectly. I absolutely love my Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick for special occasions where my eye make up will be quite heavy. It adds a lovely natural shimmer to my lips and it always feels nice to get the packaging out because it is so luxurious. MAC's Hue lipstick is a cult in the world of nude lipsticks and is a nice one if you haven't really worn nude lipstick before. I find the Maybelline baby lips to be amazing products to wear when you are on the go as you can apply them without a mirror. The yellow one is great if you want a good spf and it would be perfect for those days on holiday and is something I'll be taking with me on my trips. 'Cherry me' is the one I'm wearing here and it looks really nice if you just want a bit of colour  without been over the top and for formula feels moisturising and slightly creamy. I love MAC's snob and have had it for a while. It's a gorgeous purple toned pink which just makes your make up look flawless. I really like the Bourjois rouge edition velvet colour as it feels creamy but leaves a semi matte finish with a hint of deep colour. As you can see from the above swatch, the MAC Coral Bliss is a super shiny shade and is the perfect coral for summer. It looks so glossy and is really easy to apply.

Do you have any of these products? I want to know some of your favourites so leave them in the comments below!

Lots Of Love,


Thursday, 28 May 2015

Summer Fashion Trends & Inspiration

So today I'm talking fashion trends for Summer 2014/15! Summer is just around the corner and I cannot wait to get my crop tops and maxi dresses out for that beloved weather we so rarely see in England. As I am going on two holidays this year, summer shopping will be happening very soon - as soon as my exams are over! Cannot waiiiiiit. After browsing websites such as Missguided and river island and reading fashion posts, I can get a grasp of what is going to be 'in fashion' this summer. Don't get me wrong, I am by no means a fashion expert but it's just something I've picked up on and it may be helpful to you guys too! Hopefully the collage I produced will give you some inspiration but I will outline the main trends below.

Bardot and off the shoulder crop tops - These tops are everywhere on the clothing websites and they are soooo 60s. I love it! I fancy getting a white one which will be nice paired with denim shorts or some high waisted trousers.
Flared trousers - Flares are also very 60s and I've seen some rather groovy looking ones online. Not sure if I'd be brave enough for brightly coloured ones as pictured above but I reckon a simple pattern in a coords set would bring them into my wardrobe nicely.
Block colour and high waisted bikinis - Bikinis are my obsession and I cannot own enough of them. Yet I still don't have high waisted bikini bottoms! They are super flattering and make legs look super slim and elongated. Block colours look awesome on any clothing item but bright block coloured bikinis look super stylish.
Big hats - Hats were very prevalent amongst Coachella festival goers and set the trend for this summer. Walking along the beach in a stylish hat is always going to turn heads.
Tassel bags - You can't go wrong with a tasseled bag for pairing with your favourite maxi dress and many are big enough to fit your beach essentials in but aren't too big that it's heavy or hard to hold.
Crochet - Crochet seems to be another major trend and I think it's such a beautiful texture. White crochet crop tops look so gorgeous paired with some short shorts and a tanned bod. 
Co-ords - Coords are so easy to wear and there are so many out there. I love crop tops paired with midi skirts as a set but you can get them with trousers and shorts too; whatever you fancy really. 
Make-up: the Kylie Jenner lip is still very much on trend and everyone seems to be rocking it. I am definitely in need of picking up the Mac Soar lip liner to recreate this look. Glowy natural tanned skin is always the key to a beautiful complexion in summer so my Topshop all over glow will definitely be making an appearance as will my Sleek contour kit.

Tell me: What do you think the top summer trends are and are there any pieces you think I should have? Let me know in the comments below!

Lots Of Love,